Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★

Well, it must have been one hell of a night we’re about to have. 

I definitely didn’t love this installment at the same level as Sunrise or Sunset, but I feel like your favorite movie of the Before Trilogy will vary entirely based on where you are currently in your own love life. Before Midnight, the “what actually is” to the “what might be” and “what should be” of the first two parts, is by nature a more cynical view on true love. And it’s probably not going to be your favorite of the three unless you’re in a very specific place, love-wise. 

That said, I think I’m just old and jaded enough to fully get all of the little annoyances and big problems currently complicating Jesse and Celine’s relationship after 9 (or 18) years and a few kids. The conversations and interactions have evolved alongside their changing status in each other’s lives, which now center around more mundane topics. Which is what makes this film much more relevant as it relates to the context of the first two films than as a stand-alone story. 

Truth be told, part of me would really enjoy revisiting this couple every 9 years, 7-up style, on and on for the rest of their lives. The titles would get a bit trickier as they approach retirement age (Before the Early Bird Dicount Ends?), but if Linklater were able to pull it off, this series might reach even more epic levels than it already has. For now, though, this feels like the perfect way to wrap up the story. Highly Recommended.

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